1. How do I know if my pet has fleas?
Your pet may scratch more than usual and you might find bites appearing on your ankles. This may be the only sign of infestation.
2. How can I check for fleas?
Place your pet on a sheet of white paper and comb it with a narrow toothed flea comb (available from pet shops). Fleas or flea excreta (which consists of undigested blood) can usually be found on the paper or trapped in the comb. When placed on damp cotton wool "flea dirt" slowly dissolves producing spots of blood.
3. Where do I look for fleas?
The adult flea spends some time off the host, usually resting in sleeping and bedding areas. The flea larvae feed in and around the bedding areas on dust, debris, and flakes of skin and fur or dead insects.
4. Do fleas carry disease?
There is little evidence to suggest that pet fleas transmit any serious illness to humans. Far more important are the highly irritating nature of fleabites especially to children, and the ability of this species to remain dormant in buildings over long periods.
5. Will it treat the fleas if I get rid of the pets bedding?
If the bedding is disposed of in an attempt to eradicate fleas, re-infestation will occur unless the whole house is thoroughly cleaned and treated.
6. Can I treat fleas myself?
Yes. Flea control products can be purchased from veterinary surgeries, chemists or DIY shops; however the new safe and very effective generation of flea control products are only available from veterinary surgeries where advice on their use is provided.
Prior to treatment we would advise using your vacuum cleaner to remove all stages from floors and furnishings. The bag contents should be carefully and quickly disposed of.
7. Are insecticides dangerous?
All insecticides are dangerous and could damage furnishings or fabrics. Always read the label and follow the instructions.